February 25, 1881 is the premiere night of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera «The Maid of Orleans» at the Mariinsky Theatre
«The Maid of Orleans» is an opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, composed in 1878–1879 to a Russian libretto by the same artist and based on several sources: Friedrich Schiller’s «The Maid of Orleans» as translated by Vasily Zhukovsky; Jules Barbier’s «Jeanne d’Arc» and Auguste Mermet’s libretto for his own opera. One and a half years later in the opera was staged in Prague. However, the opera became popular in Russia only after the composer's death, in Soviet period.
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